Call For Papers: CTC 2020: The 9th International Conference on Child and Teen Consumption

August 20, 2019

Hosted by the Department of Childhood Studies at Rutgers University—Camden, NJ, USA
*with support from the Digital Studies Program
June 16-18, 2020

Child and Teen Consumption:Inequality and Identity in Consumer Markets, Media and Industries An international, interdisciplinary conference

At CTC 2020, we invite research and approaches which seek to interrogate the interplay between identity and inequality in child and teen consumption—be it through commercial markets and media, material practices or industry/practitioner efforts. To this end, we pose a number of questions: What kind of “child” is invoked or implied in the development and marketing of goods or technologies? How does young people’s engagement with media and consumer products at once reproduce or contest the logics/values of culture industries? In what ways do young people use the consumer-media tools available to them to enact identities, challenge cultural power, and/or understand and contest their own marginalities?

In the tradition and spirit of CTC, we encourage inter- and cross-disciplinary thinking and research to address these and other issues relevant to child and teen consumption. Contributions from anthropology, consumer research, childhood studies, history, girlhood studies, media studies, American studies, critical race and ethnic studies, literary studies, gender studies, policy, sociology, geography, and psychology—among others—are welcome.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers
Dr. Amy Best, George Mason University, USA
Dr. Helle Strandgaard Jensen, Aarhus University, Denmark
Dr. Fikile Nxumalo, University of Toronto, Canada

Deadline for submission of proposals: November: 5, 2019
Deadline to apply for PhD Workshop: November: 5, 2019
See attached flyer or go to to submit an abstract.
Come to Camden and Philadelphia next June!

Meredith Bak (
Kate Cairns (
Dan Cook ( , co-organizers

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